WOMEN: Person-to-Person Call

Blonde Hazel Gardner, 39, is the Equitable Credit Corporation's only woman auto finance manager, and for three years she has run its Savannah office as well as any man. But 15 months ago, a loud, cigar-chewing, Savannah car-rental operator, R. J. Bedgood, skipped town, leaving Hazel and her office holding the bag for $20,000 in mortgages on missing automobiles. After a year of investigating, Hazel developed one slim lead: Bedgood had once been a construction worker and might be working somewhere in the construction business.

That was all Hazel needed. She dug...

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